Salt Dough Decorations

Ready for a super fun salt dough decoration activity?! Toddlers and preschoolers will love helping you decorate these in their favourite marker colours! Decorating salt dough is the perfect Christmas activity for those cold winter afternoons. Follow the easy step-by-step directions below to make your own salt dough ornaments.

salt dough decorations

Don't forget to check out our full collection of salt dough ornaments as well as these fun fingerprint ornaments!

salt dough ornament

These salt dough decorations are the perfect homemade ornaments to make with toddlers and preschoolers! They are easy to make and toddlers and preschoolers can make their mark by drawing on them with their favourite markers. What toddler isn't going to love colouring an ornament for Christmas?! This salt dough ornaments craft is sure to be lots of fun for you and your little one.

Scroll down below to get started making your own salt dough ornament!

Salt Dough Decorations

Salt dough decoration supplies

  • 2 cups plain flour (all-purpose flour)
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup water
  • Markers
  • Straw or skewer
  • Bakers twine
  • Christmas tree cookie cutter

How to make a salt dough ornament

Salt dough ornament Christmas craft for kids

STEP 1: Gather your supplies

Before you get started on making this fun salt dough ornament, gather up all the supplies listed above. You'll also need to preheat the oven to 100C.

Salt dough ingredients

STEP 2: Mix the dough

To begin, combine the flour and salt in a medium bowl and mix to combine. Add 1/2 cup of water and mix well. 

How to make salt dough

Add the remaining water in very small increments - until you reach the consistency of playdough. If needed, add more flour.

For more information on how to make, seal and store salt dough check out our easy salt dough recipe.(There are loads more salt dough craft ideas on that page too!)

STEP 3: Cut and decorate

Roll the salt dough out until it is abut 1cm thick and cut out the ornaments using a Christmas tree cookie cutter. Alternatively, you can have your toddler pick out their favourite holiday-themed cookie cutter for even more fun!

How to make salt dough decorations

Punch a hole in the top of the ornament using the end of a straw or a skewer. 

Help your toddler or preschooler choose their favourite marker colours and decorate as desired. We chose to use different colours for ornaments on the tree, but feel free to experiment with different designs!

(You can see more ideas of designs on our homemade white clay ornaments which we also drew on with markers.)

salt dough craft

STEP 4: Prep and bake the ornaments

Trim the edges of your salt dough decoration with a butter knife or playdough tool if needed and then place it into a baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes, turn the tree decoration over and bake for a further 30 minutes. Depending on the thickness of your salt dough ornament it may need a little longer in the oven to dry out.

TIP: Keep the oven at a low temperature (100C) to dry out the salt dough and avoid any bubbling or burning.

STEP 4: Display the ornaments

Allow your salt dough shapes to cool completely before removing them from your baking dish. Thread some twine through the hole and have your child help you find the perfect spot to display their salt dough decoration on the Christmas tree. 

Easy salt dough ornament recipe to make Salt dough decorations for the Christmas tree. A fun and easy Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers.

We hope you and your toddler or preschooler have an afternoon of fun making these salt dough decorations! Salt dough ornaments are so much fun to make this time of year - especially when it involves colouring. Have fun!

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